William Edward Clarence Green

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William Edward Clarence Green
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Personal Information
Date of Birth c1886
Place of Birth Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Death 13 May 1971, aged 82
Place of Death Cottesloe, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 27 years, 6 months
Description 5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 144lbs
65.317 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair
Occupation Stockman
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Coolup, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Levi Green
Military Information
Reg Number 1170
Date of Enlistment 4 May 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 1st reinforcement to D Company / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Jun 1915 ‒ 30 Jun 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A11 Ascanius
Date of Return 24 Jun 1916 ‒ 3 Aug 1916
Ship Returned On HMAT A14 Euripides
Fate Wounded in Action 13 Oct 1915 Gallipoli
Returned to Australia - medical
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

The Electoral Roll for 1916 had him as a pile faller, living in Dwellingup.

War Service

Enlisted in Pinjarra. On 4 May 1915 he was allocated to the 1st Reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. Soon after he spent several days in an isolation hospital, reason not given, but was well enough on 29 May 1915 to be allocated to 'D 'Company of the 28th Battalion which sailed for Egypt from Fremantle aboard HMAT A11 Ascanius on 9 Jun 1915.

Their ship arrived in Port Suez on 29 Jun 1915 at 11:30pm and anchored in the bay. After disembarking on 2 July they were sent by train to Polygon Camp in Abbassia near Cairo. Bill was sent to hospital in Abbassia on 10 Jul 1915. During August the battalion performed Garrison Duty at the Citadel until the 30th when they marched out to the camp at the aerodrome.

William embarked with the Battalion on the HMT Ivernia for Gallipoli from Alexandria on 4 Sep 1915, arriving off Mudros Harbour on Lemnos Island at 9:00pm on 6 Sep 1915, entering the harbour the next morning. On 10 Sep 1915 the battalion transferred to the HMT Sarnia for the journey from Mudros harbour to Anzac Cove.

Wounded in Action on 13 Oct 1915 with gun shot wounds to both forearms. The unit war diary makes mention of snipers being active, and the Turks using 75mm guns on a daily basis so wounds could have been from either cause. At the time the battalion was manning trenches on the Lower Cheshire Ridge. Treated by the 7th Field Ambulance and the 16th Casualty Clearing Station on 13 Oct 1915, he was evacuated to HMHS Valdivia on 14 Oct 1915. Transferred to HMHS Aquitania on 21 Oct 1915, he was transported to England where on 28 Oct 1915 he was admitted to the 5th London General Hospital in Lambeth.

His records do not record his discharge from 5th London General Hospital, but it can be deduced that it was 30 May 1916, as he was a patient of the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital in England from 31 May 1916 to 8 Jun 1916. As a result of the severity of the wounds he was sent back to Australia on the HMAT A14 Euripides on 24 Jun 1916, arriving in Fremantle on 3 Aug 1916 for a medical discharge. William was discharged by the 5th Military District on 9 Nov 1916.

Post War

During ww2 William enlisted in the CMF with Army No W38334


Grandson of Levi Green (Snr), a 12 year old 'Parkhurst Lad' who had been convicted of larceny. Given a 7 year sentence he had been transported to Western Australia, arriving in 1843 aboard the " SS Shepherd "

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